Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
95. Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the status of the decentralisation programme for his Department; the cost of securing a site for this project and any ongoing associated costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43352/09]
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Eamon Ryan): The decentralisation programme as originally announced in December 2003, included the proposal to relocate the Headquarters of my Department to Cavan.
As announced by the Minister for Finance in his statement of 14 October 2008, the Government has deferred decisions on the timing of the implementation of elements of the decentralisation programme including that of my Department, pending a review in 2011.
Issues relating to the purchase of a site in Cavan town for the proposed decentralisation and the cost of rental of offices there for the existing advance party are a matter for the Office of Public Works.
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